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In Dubious Battle is not just a story of striking workers but of Jims development into a perfect Communist Party member and his demise Mac is a detrimental figure for Jim exploiting him and leading to his demise In In Dubious Battle Jim the protagonist enters the story And the Communist Party as an empty shell of a man with little or no property family or purpose Jim said himself Everything in the past is gone 5 He feels powerless against the forces that brought down him and his father and wishes to find purpose in his life by attaining the power to fight these forces and joins the Party to do so He cites the purposeful lives he saw Party members lead in prison and their contrast to his own life which he called a Mess 6 as reasons for joining the Party Jim was very unknowledgeable about the Communist movement and Mac was more than willing to use him as a tool for it At the beginning of the novel Jim is very earnest and inquisitive in his relations but he changes later in the novel to be more manipulative and cold Jim treats people with the respect customary for normal relationships He didnt try to manipulate Old Dan and he admitted that he liked Mr Anderson something Mac chastised him for We cant waste time liking people 86 Later on Jim expresses sympathy for the injured scabs but upon Macs response said Im not worrying about em 132 This shows how Macs Communist rhetoric is making Jim lose empathy for individuals Later on Jim becomes more skilled at manipulating groups of people helping to throw out a vigilante operative As the story progresses Jim becomes more and more of a hardened Communist ideologue In a conversation with Doc Burton when asked what Jim would get if the strike failed and he died he replied It doesnt matterIt doesnt matter at all When
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